Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY SIX

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY SIX

Luke 1:5-17 (NIV)

5 “In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.
17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Thought:

two thoughts today: firstly, Zechariah was going about his normal routine when God spoke to him through an angel. It doesn’t always matter where we are or the mundane things we can be doing, God speaks to us if we tune in to Him. Secondly that God answers prayers even if it sometimes needs a miracle to do so. After all, miracles are His speciality!  

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY FIVE

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY FIVE

Micah 5:2 (NIV)

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

New Testament fulfilment Matthew 2 v4-6

Thought:

amazing that God doesn’t always use the people or things that we deem to be the best. But His choices sometimes surprise us. But for each of us God has a plan and a purpose and Bethlehem was the place God chose to reveal his son.

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY FOUR

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY FOUR

Isaiah 42:1-4 (NIV)

The Servant of the LORD

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4 he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.  In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

New Testament fulfilment Matthew 12 v15-21.

Thought:

the coming of Jesus the Messiah wasn’t going to be the riotous revolution that we would understand today. There’d be no riot in the street to usher in the Kingdom of God that some of the Jews in that day under Roman occupation, were hoping the Messiah would do just that. Isaiah tell us God delights in his servant and has placed His own Spirit within Him. The tender words say a bruised reed He will not break and a smouldering wick He will not snuff out! This coming King was different! 

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY THREE

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY THREE

Daniel 7:13-14 (NIV)

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every¬ language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

New Testament fulfilment Luke 1 v31-33

Thought:

what a fabulous picture Daniel sees of Jesus! These words cheer the soul! His Kingdom will last forever! He has been given authority and sovereign power! Never doubt the power of our Saviour. You and I are part of a Kingdom that will last forever! Hallelujah! 

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY TWO

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY TWO

Isaiah 9:1-2 (NIV)

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel

New Testament fulfilment Luke 1 v34-35

Thought:

the Old Testament prophets had little glimpses of the coming messiah. One of the names given to Jesus here is Immanuel, which means God with us! Simply put God Almighty himself chooses to dwell with us!

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY ONE

Light Of The World | Advent Series | DAY ONE

Isaiah 9 New International Version (NIV)

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honour Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.

Thought:

Jesus is the light of the world! We no longer walk in darkness but in His light! The light has come!